The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Nora Seed is a 35-year old woman who feels trapped and as though she has failed to achieve anything meaningful. At the end of her tether, she attempts to end her life and finds herself in the Midnight Library:

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

The Midnight Library is stacked with an infinite number of books that represent the lives Nora would have lived if she’d made different decisions. She’s able to use them to explore how things would have been if she could undo her regrets. Along the way, she’s taken to lives in which she’d become an Olympic swimmer, a rock star, a philosopher, a housewife with children, a glaciologist, a winery owner, and more.

As both an excellent writer and mental health advocate, Matt Haig successfully delivers a self-help book in the form of a fascinating story. Nora’s discoveries prompted me to explore my own attitudes towards regrets and the potential that each day holds. I enjoyed and got value from the Midnight Library, and think it’d make an excellent gift to any book-loving soul in your life who may be struggling.

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